Bergevin to Habs – CHarma comes Back!


Once upon a time, in a galaxy far away …

Way before Gary Bettman destroyed the notion of dynasties with his salary cap, parity- driven ideas. A time when Ilya Bryzgalov’s Father may have started the genetic fear of bears in the woods.

The Montreal Canadiens did the Chicago BlackHawks a huge favor. A singular gesture which is making it’s way back to Montreal – almost sixty years later.

Some would say, this was the first gift and sending Chris Chelios to the Windy city – the second. If this is the case, Marc Bergevin as Montreal’s new G.M. is the first payback for Montreal ‘ donating ‘ Edward CJ ‘ Eddie’ Litzenberger to Chicago in 1955.

Litzenberger began his hockey career with the Regina Pats in the Western Canada Junior Hockey League. In the beginning – his scoring prowess was evident as he led the league in scoring. He potted 44 goals in 40 games and continued his ways into the playoffs. Mr. Litzenberger led the playoffs in scoring with 14 goals in 12 games.

In 1952–53, he made his debut with the Montreal Canadiens, playing 2 games with the team before being sent to the Montreal Royals. He won the Rookie of the Year Award in the Quebec Senior Hockey League and was named to the Second All-Star Team.

‘Eddie’ played 29 games with the Canadiens in 1954 – 55. His 11 points ( 7 goals 4 assists )and potential were given to the Chicago Black Hawks.

The rest, as they say – history …

He posted 40 points in 44 games with the Black Hawks and was awarded the Calder Memorial Trophy. Litzenberger was also selected for the NHL All-Star Game that year. Following three consecutive 30-goal seasons and being named to the NHL Second All-Star Team in 1956–57, Litzenberger was chosen to wear the ‘C’.

The gift from Saskatchewan via Montreal – the Captain of the Chicago Black Hawks in 1957–58.

Litzenberger was at the helm of a Black Hawks ship whose crew consisted of future Hall of Famers Bobby Hull, Stan Mikita, Pierre Pilote and Glenn Hall. Captain Eddie led this team to a Stanley Cup championship in 1960–61. It was the first Stanley Cup the Black Hawks had won since 1937–38. Twenty – two years!

Fast forward to the upcoming 2012 – 13 season in the National Hockey League

It will be twenty years since the Montreal Canadiens won the Stanley Cup. Although the team is not on the verge of bankruptcy as were the 1950’s Hawks, the 2011 – 2012 Habs left many fans bankrupt in their souls. Enter ‘ the gift ‘ Marc Bergevin.

An up and coming General Manager who learned his craft under the recent tutelage of Stan Bowman in Chicago. The son of a coach whose name Scotty brings people back to a glorious time in Montreal.

A galaxy far, far away …


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  1. philippe ouimet

     /  May 6, 2012

    Darn good article…gives me hope for our hurting Habs…if Litzenberger (known as a real motivator) and his gang pulled it off back in 1961…Bergevin who has the identical make up could very well be the guy to give us our 25th !!!!! GO HABS GO

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  2. Thanks to you sir … 😉

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